I did not know the attendance figures for the Eaglebank Bowl in Washington, DC; but it looked like Temple had an appreciable number of fans there. Had Temple beat UCLA, that would have been a nice boost for Temple fb.
Temple has been improving their situation in the last few years, and could return, at some point, to being a factor in "eastern" fb expansion scenarios.
i just mentioned in the Big East thread, but I'm liking Temple more and more for the Big east #9. Regardless of just how good they are, it's more about self preservation for the Big East football conference. The football admins all want a 9th team for scheduling. But there aren't many options:Temple
: content in the A10 for other sports, could easily move football from MAC to Big EastECU/UCF/Memphis
: would need a new conference for other sports if they left CUSA (who would not keep for other sports). Memphis MIGHT be able to get into the A10. But I think UCF and ECU would have to try the CAA and then if not invited, the Atlantic Sun or Big South. A big step down in basketball for sure.Army/Navy
: both make so much sense but are not interested. I would not mind seeing BOTH added with a partial schedule (4 BE games each). I think it would be great for the region, but of course there is the problem with conference record and bowl pairings. If WVU is 8-0, Navy is 4-0 and Rutgers is 6-2, which one should get the #2 bowl slot? It's just too hard if all schools aren't playing the same 8 game schedule.